Japan at the Olympics

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IOC code JPN
NOC Japanese Olympic Committee
Website www.joc.or.jp  (in English and Japanese)
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

Japan first participated at the Olympic Games in 1912, and has competed at almost every Games since then. The nation was not invited to the 1948 Games after World War II, and Japan was part of the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.


Japan won its first medals in 1920, and its first gold medals in 1928. Japanese athletes have won 439 medals at the Summer Olympic Games (Except Art competitions at the 1936 Summer Olympics), with the most gold medals won in judo. Japan has also won 58 medals at the Winter Olympic Games.

The Japanese Olympic Committee was created in 1911 and recognized in 1912. [1]

Hosted Games

Japan hosted the Games on three occasions, with a fourth occasion planned for the 2020 Summer Olympics [2] (which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic): [3]

GamesDatesHost city
1964 Summer Olympics 10–24 October 1964 Tokyo
1972 Winter Olympics 3–13 February 1972 Sapporo, Hokkaidō
1998 Winter Olympics 7–22 February 1998 Nagano, Nagano
2020 Summer Olympics 23 July – 8 August 2021 Tokyo

Cancelled games

GamesHost cityRelocation prior to cancellation
1940 Summer Olympics Tokyo Helsinki, Finland
1940 Winter Olympics Sapporo Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Unsuccessful bids

GamesCityWinner of bid
1960 Summer Olympics Tokyo Rome, Italy
1988 Summer Olympics Nagoya, Aichi Seoul, South Korea
2008 Summer Olympics Osaka, Osaka Beijing, China
1968 Winter Olympics Sapporo, Hokkaidō Grenoble, France
1984 Winter Olympics Sapporo, Hokkaidō Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
2016 Summer Olympics Tokyo Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Medal tables

Youth Games medal tables

See also

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